Leilani Neumann Trial Jury in Deliberations

   Jury deliberations in Leilani Neumann trial are underway.  The 41-year old Weston woman is charged with second degree reckless homicide in the death of her 11-year old daughter, Kara.  Authorities say she and her husband prayed for her instead of getting her medical attention and the girl died of untreated diabetes in March of 2008.  Click on the box that says "Live Video" to watch the closings live.

Leilani Neumann

8:40
Before the proceedings begin, cameras catch Leilini Neumann praying with one of her supports.
She also gets hugs and kisses from members of her family.

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8:45
DA Jill Falstad starts her closing arguments.
She says medical help for Kara was just minutes away.
Says defendant had duty as a parent to provide medical care for Kara.
Falstad says it's not true that Kara's sickness happened so fast that the defendant didn't have time to get her treatment.
She reminds the jury of the testimony from the medical experts about just how bad a medical shape Kara was when she was finally taken to the hospital.
Falstad says Neumann told other people Kara had been in a coma, but failed to tell the ER doctor when he questioned her about her daughter's symptoms the day she died.
She says Neumann had hours and hours to get Kara treatment when she started to show the worst symptoms.
She told the jury Neumann's failure to get her daughter medical treatment caused the girl's death.
She also says the government cannot take away a persons right to their religious beliefs, but it can regulate that a parent has to protect a child.
Falstad says a parent is required to take care of their children and not even religious beliefs should get in the way of that.
She says the fact that Neumann called so many people Saturday to pray for her daughter helps to prove she knew how sick Kara was the day before she died.
Falstad shows the jury an e-mail Neumann sent asking for emergency prayers for Kara. She says the word emergency proves again that Neumann knew how serious her daughter's condition was.
One request for prayers, Falstad says includes Neumann saying "this is a matter of life and death'" which the DA says it proof the defendant knew how sick she was.
Falstad suggests that if Kara was raised to believe that sin caused sickness, perhaps thats why the girl didn't come clean about how sick she was when the diabetes symptoms first appeared.
Her closing went for one hour.
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9:50
Defense Attorney Gene Linehan begins closing.
NOTE: He is very difficult to hear.
I can pick up that he says the Neumann family prays about everything, so asking for prayers when a child is sick would not be unusual.
He also says the state embellished it's case.
Linehan says as soon as Neumann knew how sick the girl was she instructed someone at her home to call 911.
He says during the police interview, Neumann was never informed she could be charged with a crime.
Linehan says the Neumanns are good parents and once they realized how sick their daughter was, they would not sit by and let their daughter die.
He disagreed with the state's claim the case is not about prayer. he says to some extent it is about prayer because the Neumanns believe in it and that it helps.
He says Kara hadn't been to the doctor in years because she was very healthy because her parents took such good care of her.
His closing lasted about a half hour.

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10:20
In her rebuttal closing, Falstad listed everyone Neumann called to ask for prayers because of how ill her daughter was.
NOTE: Now Falstad is very difficult to hear.
The rebuttal took about 10 minutes.

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10:30
The judge reads the jury instructions.

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10:50
Jury begins deliberations after one man and one are dismissed as alternates. That means six men and six women will decide Neumann's guilt or innocence.

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About an hour after deliberations began the jury asked for a transcript of Leilani Neumanns interview by an Everest Metro police investigator and the list of calls she made in the days before Kara died.

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The 41-year old Weston woman and her husband, Dale are charged with second degree reckless homicide in the death of her 11-year old daughter, Kara.

Authorities say they prayed for the child instead of getting medical attention for her and the girl died of untreated diabetes in March, 2008.

The trial began last Saturday. The state called witnesses up until yesterday morning, Then, the prosecution rested without calling a witness.

If convicted, Neumann faces up to 25-years in prison. Dale Neumann's trial is set for July.


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